48 Mark “Bo” Pelini

Mark Bo Pelini Ohio State
usaUnited States
Youngstown, OH
High School
Cardinal Mooney
Current Team
Ohio State
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Pronunciation: Puh-LEE-nee

Major: Marketing (1988-90)

Weight: 195 (1990), 190 (1989), 185 (1988), 192 (1986)

1990 Media Guide: Will start at free safety … started the final eight games last year and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four … was second on the team in passes broken up with five … doesn’t have blazing speed, but does have great anticipation and plays the ball very well … a solid defensive back … playing time has been limited by injuries, including a broken jaw, a broken collarbone and a dislocated shoulder … a three-time member of the Big Ten’s All-Academic team … also recruited by a number of colleges to play basketball.

1989: Wound up the year with a career high 54 tackles … two of his interceptions came against Auburn in the Hall of Fame Bowl … played a combined total of 12 minutes in the first four games before breaking into the starting lineup against Indiana.

1989 Media Guide: A likely starter at free safety … good nose for the ball and a solid all-around athlete … playing time at OSU has been limited by injuries, including a broken jaw, a broken collarbone and a dislocated shoulder.

1988: Played in eight games, with starts against Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan the last three games of the season … finished the year with 40 tackles … had a career high 14 tackles against Michigan State, the second best effort of the year by a Buckeye defender.

1988 Media Guide: A promising defender who literally has had his share of bad breaks … suffered a broken jaw in the fall of his freshman year and broke his collarbone the following spring during practice … missed most of last spring with a dislocated shoulder … Academic All-Big 10 last year.

1987: Collected 13 tackles in 11 games and had his first career interception against Illinois.

1987 Media Guide: Broke his collarbone in 1987 spring game.

1986: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A standout quarterback and safety … won all-Ohio recognition as a senior when he accounted for 1,300 yards in total offense … intercepted five passes as a senior and 12 during his career … top thrill came when Cardinal Mooney trounced Cleveland St. Benedictine 47-0 in the Ohio playoffs.

PERSONAL: From a family of eight … all four of his brothers were high school football standouts at Cardinal Mooney … hobbies are sports and reading … nickname is Bo … admires Lester Hayes and Michael Jordan … favorite actor is Eddie Murphy.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlk
1987Ohio State11013670000001030
1988Ohio State834017231.0400100010
1989Ohio State11854292500000041450
1990Ohio State121170333700001021460